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March 8th, 2011 Posted 7:00 pm

SFNR  on Quarry Hill, Redmires; The Sheffield Pals Sep '14

“To me a bicycle is a machine of magic … taking me on to the ways of satisfied happiness; giving to me the good friendship I enjoy with others, and to share with me the delights and ecstasies of the outdoors. It gives to me the pleasures of mingling the past with the present … always discovering … always learning. Above all it gives to me also, memories to cherish and store inwardly, as I wheel my ways on joyous days … such a day has been today.” Albert Winstanley 1917-2012

Planning and riding a SFNR makes me think and these thoughts can sometimes be profound. I re-read Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle recently. I found my perfect motto or aphorism for SFNR
“Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God” Book of Bokonon

The new 2015-2016 season is now being planned. Rides up to November are flagged below. They will eventually go up on Future Sheffield FNR page, but take note, these plans may change so get on the email list ( or like the fb page. SFNR is also on twitter as @sheffieldfnr. Usually anouncements only.

Next Sheffield FNR: Full details on The Next Sheffield FNR
Next Sheffield FridayNightRide
Fri 31 July 2015
Start: 6.30 pm Assemble in Science Park opp Cooper Building, Arundel St

Route: Not decided precisely but we have selected some possible spaces or amphitheatres in the city for one or two tricks to be performed at.

The spaces have been selected so we can gather to be entranced as a collective audience by the trick and the aspect of our city. So we ride somewhere, assemble, appreciate some tricks, move on somewhere else, repeat until Simon has run out of tricks … only joking Simon!
A definite route will be up by the morning of the ride
Heads up! Bring lights and locks. All on Sheffield roads or paths; make sure you have tough tyres and bring a spare inner tube. You may bring a wand, wear a magician’s cloak etc Fezes to wear at approx £2 each.
SFNR_2015-07-31 abracadabra

Upcoming events – almost a newsletter
Many years ago, in the days of landlines-only, electric typewriters, the BBC B computer, dot matrix printers with tractor feed, offset litho presses etc, before the information superhighway existed, I worked for an organisation that was all about setting up voluntary groups to work on innovation in school science teaching. To get it underway the project director produced Newsletter No 1 for circulation across the UK to schools and teachers by post and enclosed in professional journals. This was a massive mistake because then people were awaiting Newsletter No 2 but we were so busy by then nobody had the time to ever produce Newsletter No2.
So in that spirit please treat this as Newsletter No 1.
Monday 31 August 2015 Mick’s 65th Birthday Ride. Sheffield Quartet and Dummy Jim
This ride will start in the day and finish with a film in the evening at a location tbd.
The theme of the ride is the Sheffield Quartet. These are 4 paintings by Stanley Royle who completed them during the 1920s. They were exhibited this year at the Graves Art Gallery. We will cycle to where Royle would have sat to paint these pictures and we can compare the present views to the ones from 90 yrs ago from the Mayfield Valley, Manor Oaks Fields, Crookesmoor, & Wincobank Wood. (I will release copies of the paintings for your use on yr phone – but sshh!, nudge, nudge, wink, wink, you ain’t seen them right?)
The film has come to us from our friends at the Magic Lantern Film Club – and the director, Matt Hulse, is coming along for a Q&A. The film is Dummy Jim The trailer is below and here is the the website. I really look fwd to it – oddball!
You are welcome to join me for the ride and/or to watch the film. Details, times and film venue to follow.

DUMMY JIM (OFFICIAL TRAILER) ✩ Director Matt Hulse ✩ Featuring Samuel Dore ✩ DoP Ian Dodds ✩ A Bandit HQ Production from Matt Hulse on Vimeo.

Friday 11 September 2015 SFNR Heritage Open Days We will be riding to some of the venues that will be open for the public on Sat 12/9 and Sun 13/9 for the Heritage Open Days (HODS) organised by Sheffield Civic Trust. We will start and finish at the Sheffield Tap, which is part of HODS (by definition, as a public house, it will be open at the weekend) and it will be ‘badging’ one of its brews for this event.

Friday 23 October 2015 SFNR Lyrics We are part of the Off The Shelf Festival and will be riding to venues where Sheffield songs will be read as poems eg Red Light Means Doors Secured at Barkers Pool taxi rank, Don’t You Want Me Baby? outside the Prosecco Bar, Common People in Fagins etc. Some nightriders have volunteered to help but if you want to take part as a reader/orator pls let me know

Friday 20 November 2015 Henderson’s Relish and Henderson’s Friday Night Out! In association with Henderson’s Relish and Percy and Lily’s, SFNR is promoting a ride to where Henderson’s was and is made followed by an evening of drink & street food with a Henderson’s flavour, a cashbar, Sheffield and soul music, Henderson’s artwork and Henderson’s merchandise. The ride is free, the night out is ticketed at £15 pp. One can go on the ride and/or go to Night Out! Night out venue The Hide, Scotland St, click here for all details

Meanwhile to keep you smiling why not watch this video of Groningen Cycling City
and then join CycleSheffield so you can make the dream come true here in the UK

Cycle Maintenance classes throughout the year
The ever-popular ReCycleBikes cycle maintenance classes are now revised and bookable here
If you know what you’re doing and want a stand to work on, in the dry with good tools and expert advice on hand then you can do that in the bike kitchen

I think Edinburgh Bike Coop and Evans also offer bike maintenance classes so contact them for details

Learn how to use the

Private Eye No. 1326 Lance Armstrong Puncture Repair outfit

Sheffield Cycle Jumble – May and October, book early if you want to have a table; it gets busy and is a great event to go to
Mark’s contact details are on the poster for the jumble last May if you want to book a table for next October.

More Rides
I get ride info sent to me from time to time and if you want to get out on your bikes more then …
don’t forget to look on these sites: local CTC site; the Sheffield Clarion Cycling Club;, the Steel City Riders; Ride Sheffield; Sheffield Shopper Society; No Balls Biking; Sheffield Women’s Cycling – see side bar Other Sheffield Rides for all these.

Should SFNR have an anthem? – this is a great modern Sheffield tune about Sheffielders and we can la la la as we pedal

The Times Cities fit for cycling Click on this logo, check out what it says, sign up if you want to. I know its News International, obviously linked to News Corp who sponsor all that cycling through SKY; but I think this is genuinely felt – shock that a colleague ordinarily commuting to work can be seriously injured through poor vehicle design and driver behaviour.

Cheer yourself up before the next ride – take a dekko at this

Fraternal/Sororal Rides: There used to be a London FridayNightRide (where I was inducted into the experience) sadly no more. If any body knows of another FNR like this one – there are other FNRs which cycle to the coast and all that kind of stuff but we are not into distance or endurance or power (I think we are in it for the joy of social urban riding and being a tourist in your own backyard) then I could maybe see if any other FNR wants to do a fraternal/sororal ride sometime in Sheffield and vice-versa.

“FridayNightRiders of the World Unite!”


“We have nothing to lose but our chains!”

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